We are Christians, of course we are nice to everyone! There are few members of our congregations who would say that they are not welcoming and nice to ALL people who want to come to “our” church. The kids in our youth groups would say the exact same thing because that’s how we raised them.… Continue reading We are all welcoming…but not affirming
Dealing with hurt from others, especially in regards to General Conference 2019
Navigating through the messy waters of where we are as a United Methodist Church is not easy for any of us. However, it is especially difficult for youth leaders. Young people today ask tough questions, mainly because they can investigate anything with their cell phones and Google. So when we try to answer off the… Continue reading A Way Forward While Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
In this podcast, we talk about our own calling, and how to incorporate the terminology and understanding into our young people’s ministries. I believe God has a purpose for each one of us. Our job is to search for that purpose. This includes our profession, but also just our daily lives, “What is it I… Continue reading Hello…Who’s That Calling?
One of the hardest parts of youth ministry is finding enough volunteers. I don’t care how big your church is, or how many teens are connected to the ministry, EVERYONE is in need of more help! If you are at the end of your rope, wondering where to look for another warm body, believe me,… Continue reading Don’t Be a Lone Ranger
Mission trips have become a staple for many youth ministries. All school year is spent raising money for the trip. Youth leaders spend time recruiting enough adult volunteers with the right skills. Vans are rented. Then the time comes for everyone to pile in for the selected destination to do God’s work for a week. … Continue reading Do all the good you can…
The biggest impact we can have on young people in our communities is through teaching those in our fold leadership development skills. If we spend our time teaching our young Christian friends how to influence others, our efforts to spread the Gospel will multiply. As our country slowly lowers the expectations of our leaders, it… Continue reading Daring to Empower Teens with Compassionate Leadership Skills